Tournament Review – Quinta do Lago South – 24th Agt. 2013

QLSouthA truly international field attended the lovely Quinta do Lago South Course on a fine day which had a light breeze to enable a pleasant round in cooler conditions than had been experienced during the week.  Host of the Portuguese Open eight times and included in the Golf World’s Magazine’s ‘Top 100 courses in Europe in 2012’ the South is beautiful as it meanders through the Quinta estate. Some of Europe’s finest properties are also to be found here touching the lush fairways but without intruding on play. It is an example of how construction can be in harmony with a golf course.

The course was immaculately presented with fast, true greens and rolling fairways. The stage was set!

28 players from as far afield as Holland, France and Italy as well as our expatriate friends from over the border in Spain joined our local Portuguese, English, Irish and Scottish members and guests and an enjoyable day was spoiled for some only by the quality of their golf!

Scoring proved tough as the pins were placed in tricky positions on many holes, but a fine round of 35 points by Mick Brown won the day.  2nd was new member Richard Moore who had made his debut the previous week at San Lourenco and was loud in his praise of the society as he had made many new friends during his holiday.  We look forward to seeing him again.

3rd Place went to Malcolm Maxwell who equalled Richard’s score of 34 points but lost out on the back 9.  4th was Chris Banner with 33 points winning by virtue of his score on the last 6 holes.  5th was Rodrigo Ulrich, Course Director at Boavista Golf Club in Lagos, also on 33 points.  The Society intends to visit Boavista at Rodrigo’s invitation in the near future.

Rodrigo also was nearest the pin at the 11th hole and kindly donated his bottle of wine for consumption!  Apologies to Bert Carroll who was nearest the pin at the 7th hole but who I think I overlooked and awarded his bottle of wine to Malcolm Maxwell instead.  I hope the matter has been rectified but if not please see me next time!

Our thanks are extended to the Hilton Group and Dom Pedro Hotels in their sponsorship of this event and to Tee Times Golf Agency in securing a great rate and tee time (something they are rather good at!). Playing partners Eamonn Kerr and Cathy Matthews were also very appreciative as some prizes came their way too.

The players and their guests were again treated to a lovely buffet meal with wine and Sangria back at the Chez Carlos Restaurant.  Thanks go to Felipe and his staff for their excellent food and service.

This was the 3rd event in our Quinta do Lago Series this year and has been proven to be as popular as last year. It is not too be missed.

Our next game is at the Old Course in Vilamoura and we look forward to another friendly occasion.

Ron McLachlan

West Algarve Golf Courses – Morgado and Álamos

Álamos Golf Course,  is a beautiful par 71 course located between Portimão and Monchique, and definitely one of the best golf courses in the Algarve for your holidays . With no buildings in sight, this 18 hole golf course provides a very pleasant game of golf, combined with a nice, relaxing scenic experience.

alamosÁlamos golf course , offers wide, hilly greens, with quite the wavy fairway, it is surrounded by a nice forest filled with the local flora, orchads and even a vineyard! If you”re lucky you may even find traces of one of the region”s most famous inhabitants, the wild boar. In fact, this resort is known for its rich fauna and you will often come across one or more of its specimens. To satisfy your curiosity, you may read about it in one of the many information boards available on site. If there is a place where man and nature live in harmony, this is defenetly it.
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Morgado do Reguengo is a stunning 72 Par golf course located on the foots of Monchique mountains, in a country estate, just a short drive from the seaside town of Portimão and the fishing village of Alvor. When you play at Morgado be prepared to experience two different nine holes – one slightly flatter and the other undulating, displaying impressive views across the Monchique mountains.

morgadoThis is a walkable course, if you”ve got the stamina, but when the weather warms up you”ll want to enjoy the comfort of a buggy, in fact, accesses to the fairways are extremely well displayed. A round on this championship course is also a great chance to appreciate the surrounding nature, since it is an estate known for the richness of its fauna and flora, and also an opportunity to extend the day into the mountains and experience the real Algarve, it will be worth your while!

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